Hence Comes the much awaited verdict today and left almost everyone of us in deep shock and sense of humiliation and loss....Well the shock is obvious! How come we kept on ignoring all those rumours about the existence of corruption in our cricket..I remember the initial reaction of Pakistani media when this story was broken out last Ramadan..They were all in state of Denial..I was not surprised when I read those typical comments by some of the very responsible journalist that they are smelling some conspiracy in it..and it could be a well-planned game against our team and players...After all we are in a STATE-OF-DENIAL...we are not ready to see where we are going..
Khair If we read this behaviour carefully we should not be disappointed to see the role of P.C.B thereafter..After all they represent the same mind-set...They kept on denying too...and now after this historical verdict in any cricket corruption case until now, this is the first thing that hits our mind..If only they had taken this matter a bit more seriously, the whole series of embarrassing events later on could be avoided..If Only we had not declared it as a conspiracy and had taken some action on our own..things would not have been this bad in our favor..this whole episode has stained our cricket in a way that I doubt if can ever be compensated.
Needless to mention what a terrible terrible defamation it has brought for us, the players who were regarded as Heroes are being hated today for their stupid acts out of sheer selfishness.How could you do this to your country?! How could you do this to your people?
"You have disappointed your people who loved and respected you" said Justice Cooke this evening..and all I was thinking if putting them behind the bars can repay this..In fact the shocking end of this matter made the impact on Pakistani Cricket some more grave..and It will take our players and management a very very long period of time to retain its reputation back..to get that confidence back , to have that Love and respect back that is Lost somewhere in the Dust of Oval Ground this Year..
But then Is it fair to blame the players alone? Is corruption not our mind-set today? Are we not all corrupt? Do we not belong from a country which is represented by somebody whose reputation is nothing but a Mr.Corrupt? Who is honest here anyways?! Is it not True that the then chairman of P.C.B (Aqa Ijaz Butt) is to be blamed as much for this as those players?
This part of the world (south Asia) is known for its love With this game, Cricket but there is one thing else that makes it well-known ( notorious ) and that's the ranking of these countries in Corruption..It will be very unfair to blame Pakistani Crickets alone, any one who has any interest with this game and some General-Knowledge knows Cricket-Corruption is every where..you cant negate this..There have been scandals that involve other players,other teams other countries too..yes this was unlucky of them to be spotted like this, it was their bad-luck.
I will not call this our Bad-Luck tho, Yes we are mad at them for letting us down and bringing Pakistan's name down , we are sad for them when we think for their families who are in a state of shock and in pain as Salman Butt has a two-days old son that he couldn't see yet, Muhammad Asif got married only a few months back and Muhammad Amir is only a Kid.We feel Sorry for Muhammad Amir, he was very Young, very talented , he had a very long way to go,,he was only 18 years old..that makes you sad when you see how terribly his career is over,how sudden, It leaves you even more sad when you see he was the only one who had the guts to confess.He should have given a chance.But When you think this in a Broader perceptive, you find this satisfactory in the long term interest of this game in Pakistan..
Yes I feel sorry for Muhammad Amir,he was uneducated, had a rural background,was inexperienced as Justice Cook remarked too.But if this is the price that it takes to clean the dirty mess then Why not?! If this could help bringing our house back in order , we are OK with that.If this can promise a Clean Cricket in Pakistan again , we are ready to forget all the humiliation this controversy caused us.But The Ten-Million Question is Who is going to do that! The Incompetent,Bunch of Clowns (as Quoted by Crown Court Prosecution this Evening) Pakistan Cricket Board or even more Corrupt and incompetent ,Our Beloved Government?!
But one thing is for sure, this is not cricket alone that we need to take care of.There is a lot to do but yes Cricket could be a good start.Enough is Enough and this is the right time that we grab this Corruption with an iron hand and clean it up before its too Late..actually its already Late.We don't want to see it getting any worse.This was not the first time that our players faced such Allegations, there are many cases in the past too where Players faced charges and cases and Judicial Inquiries too, But if only they were taken seriously, we would not have witnessed this high-tension Drama.
Best Of Luck P.C.B..and Best of Luck Salman..Asif and Amir..We hope you have nice time there..(that was on a serious note)